Nonprofit Toolbox

In-Kind Grants to Atlanta Area, Georgia Nonprofits
for Organizational and Technology Consultations

GrantWatch ID#: 175016
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

10/06/17 Noon

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In-kind services and matching grants of up to $10,000 to Greater Atlanta Area, Georgia nonprofit organizations for consultations and technology to improve organizational capacity. Most awards are not financial grants, but rather they are custom-designed management consulting packages to help solve a key organizational challenge or problem.

Grantees will be assigned a specialist to provide custom-designed consulting to help solve a key organizational challenge or problem. The specialist will oversee the award and delivery of professional services to ensure the organization’s stated outcome is reached within the designated time frame.

In addition to management consulting packages, nonprofits can apply for grants to build organizational capacity through technology. These grants can be in the form of consulting services and/or cash grants.

Nonprofits must be located in the following counties to apply: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, or Walton.

The Foundation provides the following types of Nonprofit Toolbox Grants: Organizational Assessments, Technology Assessments and Implementation Awards, and Operational Capacity grants.

Organizational Assessment:
The assessment involves working with a staff member from the Georgia Center for Nonprofit’s Nonprofit Consulting Group who will assist the organization in understanding its strengths and challenges. At the conclusion of the assessment, the board and staff can identify a priority challenge; the organization can then apply for a Nonprofit Toolbox grant in the next cycle to address it. Please note that receiving an Organizational Assessment does not guarantee the organization will receive an Operational Capacity grant in the future.

The Foundation partners with TechBridge™ to support nonprofits seeking to build their organization’s capacity through technology upgrades. Organizations that have an open Operational Capacity Toolbox grant with the Foundation are eligible to apply for Technology Assessment and Implementation Awards, regardless of whether the current Operational Capacity Toolbox project is complete.

- Assessment Awards: A detailed technology assessment is critical to help a nonprofit understand where the organization is now, what its goals are and how it can best leverage technology to reach these goals. The assessment is conducted by TechBridge staff, who walk nonprofits through the technology planning process, from creating a vision of how technology could be most effective in the organization, to assessing and prioritizing its needs, and generating recommendations that can be shared with the nonprofit’s board, staff and potential funders.

- Implementation Awards: Organizations that have received a Technology Assessment from TechBridge within the last 24 months may apply for an Implementation Award to support the costs of carrying out actions identified through the assessment. Implementation Awards are carried out in partnership with TechBridge, which will provide acquisition advice and access to discounts and support with the implementation of the needed hardware/software solution. Organizations seeking Implementation Awards must secure a $1:$1 financial match and can request up to $10,000.

Operational Capacity:
Operational Capacity grants are for organizations that have identified a specific project that will strengthen organizational operations and capacity. Although the Foundation partners with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Nonprofit Consulting Group to implement these awards, Operational Capacity grantees are not required to contract with consultants associated with our partner to complete their Nonprofit Toolbox project. If grantees choose to contract with consultants not affiliated with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, they may have to supplement the Nonprofit Toolbox award with funding of their own in order to make up the difference in fees.

Operational Capacity grantees will be required to make a cash contribution of 5%-10% of the cost of the consulting engagement ($250-$1,500) based on the organization’s budget; see page 8 of the guidelines for complete details.

Operational Capacity grants cover the following areas:

- Board Development: Assistance might include an assessment of the skills, expertise and diversity present or needed on the organization’s board and the development of a strategy to recruit board members who fill the gaps. It could also include working with the board to clearly define its role and to develop committees and processes to fulfill its role.

- Financial Management: This could mean working with designated staff and board members to evaluate, develop and refine the organization’s financial systems and processes such as billing, payables, budget creation and monitoring, and working through audit compliance issues.

- Human Resources: An award in this area might include an update of the employee handbook, personnel policies, hiring processes and performance review systems.

- Marketing Planning: An award in this area might include an assessment of current marketing capacity and a plan for future marketing strategies.

- Resource Development: An award in this area might include an assessment of current fundraising capacity and a plan for future fundraising strategies. This could be the creation of a general fundraising plan or a plan focused on a specific revenue category (major gifts, individuals, planned giving, etc.).

- Strategic Planning: Strategic planning will allow the board and staff to determine the organization’s goals/directions and define strategies to implement these goals.

- Succession Planning: An award in this area might include developing a succession plan for the organization’s staff leader and senior management staff positions, or supporting an organization undergoing an executive transition.

Technology Implementation applicants are required to match $1:$1 and can request up to $10,000 from the Nonprofit Toolbox.

The grant period is January 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019.

Geographic eligibility includes Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties.

Eligible Organizations:

- Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area
- Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) and the I.R.S. determination must be current.
- Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit.
- Must have a minimum two-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification.
- Must have annual operating expenses greater than $75,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990.
- Must have at least one full-time paid employee (paid minimum wage or more, working at least 35 hours per week, classified as a W-2 employee) for the 12 months prior to submitting an application (please note that contractors or consultants do not count toward this requirement).
- Must have filed the end-of-grant report for any previous Nonprofit Toolbox award.

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:

- Private and publicly funded schools (K-12) and institutions of higher learning. This does not include nonprofit charter schools.
- Organizations that exclusively raise funds for publicly funded schools (K-12), institutions of higher learning and government agencies.
- Organizations that require participation in religious services and/or education as a condition of receiving services.
- Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex/gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or political beliefs.

Ineligible requests:
- Applications for consulting services that take place outside the grant period (see page 7 of the guidelines for grant period); and/or
- Applications requesting cash grants to pay for staff salaries or expenses associated with infrastructure challenges.

To access a recording of the webinar held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to review the eligibility criteria and application process for Nonprofit Toolbox grants, visit:

2017 Grant Cycle Timeline

- Noon, Friday, February 3: Winter deadline (all types of grants)
- Noon, Friday, May 5: Technology Assessment only
- Noon, Friday, October 6: Fall deadline (all types of grants)

Organizational Capacity applicants are required to contribute 5% to 10% of the consulting budget, based on the organization’s budget. Organizations with budgets under $250,000 will be required to contribute 5% of the consulting costs; organizations with budgets over $250,000 will be required to contribute 10% of the consulting costs. Consulting costs vary based on the type of project; grantee contributions are expected to range from $250 to $1,500.

Technology Implementation applicants are required to match $1:$1 and can request up to $10,000 from the Nonprofit Toolbox. Match funds (cash or a combination of cash and in-kind) can be fulfilled as follows: any portion of the project’s cost paid directly by the nonprofit or its donors/funders; new equipment purchased specifically for this program at the expense of the nonprofit; services donated by a third party, if the nonprofit can provide appropriate documentation of the value of services.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Complete an organizational profile and apply online

For more information about Nonprofit Toolbox grants, please contact

Kristina Morris
Program Officer

Lauren Jeong
Program Associate

For questions about or troubleshooting the online grants application portal:
Natasha Battle-Edwards, Grants Manager

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30303

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USA: Georgia: Counties of Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.

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